Netflix hit our screens early 2018 with their well diversified and very entertaining coming-of-age drama series, On My Block. Starring up and coming actress, Sierra Capri, the show also presented to us a range of other fresh film stars including Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, and Jessica Marie Garcia. The TV series which first aired on March 16, 2018, became renewed for a third season on April 29, 2019. Its continued renewal (owing to its high reception), further pushes to the limelight its captivating cast.
Meanwhile, Diego Tinoco’s excellent performance of Cesar Diaz, especially as the boyfriend of lead character Monse Finnie (Sierra Capri), has earned him millions of fans who constantly dig for every bit of information about him. Interestingly, we’ve brought you seven things you didn’t know about Diego Tinoco.
7 Things You Didn’t Know about Diego Tinoco of ‘On My Block’
1. He had vitiligo during childhood
Diego Tinoco was born on November 25, 1997. He was born in Anaheim, California under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. While holding American nationality, Tinoco is of Mexican-Colombian origins, giving him a Latino ethnicity. As a young boy, Diego at some point developed vitiligo, an abnormal skin condition that gives its sufferer patches of light discoloration. The disease which lasted over a significant period, caused Tinoco to be going out in hooded long-sleeved clothes in order to hide the skin abnormality from peers who taunted him for it. He consequently avoided his playmates, and rather mingled with much older youths who had better understanding and never had him in derision. Diego who grew up alongside his elder brother, later overcame the sickness with age.
2. Leonardo DiCaprio inspired him into acting
Growing up, Diego Tinoco greatly admired talented and multiple award-winning American actor, Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio is most popular for playing lead character Jack Dawson on the high-grossing epic romance/disaster film, Titanic (1997). Watching DiCaprio’s excellent performances on films like Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Blood Diamond, Body of Lies, and so on, Tinoco caught the acting bud. Initially giving it a try as a casual affair, Diego gradually developed passion for acting, eventually making it a career.
3. He began professional acting straight out of high school
Diego Tinoco’s March 2018 Instagram post reveals that he moved to Los Angeles for full-time professional acting immediately after graduating from high school. Diego earlier made his debut screen appearance as Marco in the short film, Drizzle of Hope. He subsequently made his television debut in a 2016 episode of Teen Wolf, playing Mateo, a member of the lacrosse team. In 2017, he played his first starring role in the short action crime drama, Welcome To Valhalla.
4. On My Block’s Cesar Diaz is Diego’s breakthrough role
Among the various screen roles Tinoco has played so far, it is his role as Cesar Diaz that brought him widespread recognition. Also sharing the screen with Diego in the teen movie are uprising actors Ronni Hawk, Julio Macias, Emilio Rivera, and Danny Martinez, among others. The series which won Teen Choice Awards’ 2018 ‘Choice Breakout TV Show’ has earned him much fame and recognition.
5. Diego Tinoco has become a social media sensation
Following the widespread popularity Tinoco earned from playing On My Block‘s Cesar Diaz, he began to receive massive following on his social media accounts. As of 2019, Diego has garnered 98k followers on Twitter while on Instagram, he has a whopping 1.6 million following.
6. How much is Diego Tinoco’s net worth?
Diego Tinoco has an estimated net worth of $200,000 as of 2019. The On My Block star reportedly earned $20,000 for each episode of the series’ first two seasons. Meanwhile, reports are rife that Diego, alongside his co-stars, have received a salary increase of up to $80,000 per episode for the show’s third season.
7. Is he dating On My Block co-star Sierra Capri?
Owing to their on and off-screen chemistry, many are speculating a real relationship between Diego Tinoco and Sierra Capri. The on-screen lovers stepped out as a pair at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards held on March 24, 2018. The duo also has the habit of posting each other’s photos on their individual social media accounts. But are they actually dating in real life? Neither Tinoco nor Capri has confirmed the speculations. They, however, both admit to being very close friends.